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Letter To Bambara

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Dear Toni Cade Bambara:

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I am exhilarated by your short story, “The Lesson,” because I feel that it narrate the capitalist reality of this country and it shows the racial wealth gap in the U.S. It also reminds me of the fun that I had in my childhood. It reminds me of the “ moment” in my life. It also shows how I developed my personality over time.

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One line that stands out for me is, “That there? You don’t even know what it is, stupid.” I think this line -provoking because it makes me think about what makes these black children have a different point of view than the children in Fifth Ave. Does money define who you are? The black children weren’t able to buy anything because they don’t have money and they weren’t able to enter most shops Fifth Ave. They don’t belong because they are not rich.

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Another set of lines that stands out for me is, “And Miss Moore asking us do we know what money is like we a bunch of retards. I mean real money, she says, like it’s only poker chips or monopoly papers we lay on the grocer. ” I think these lines are stirring because it shows that how actually grew up in a certain environment could change the way you see the world and the experience you learn in your life. Also, it shows that what we already know might not be the reality, but it just a figment of our imagination.

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Your story helps me to understand an Everyday Use that I once read. Everyday Use shows how Maggie was not about life and seeing her reality in different ways. This makes me realize that there is no reality, but everyone’s reality is based on one’s experiences. Thanks for your story. I look forward to seeing what you make next. I would like to see more the different perception of people based on where they grow up and how the environment create our perceptions and how experiences affect us.

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DMU Timestamp: January 21, 2020 02:52

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